Meatball Sandwiches with Tomato-Cream Sauce, Mozzarella, and Pesto
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 1yellow onion
- 1 clovegarlic
- 1/4 cuppanko breadcrumbs
- 12 ouncesground beef
- 1 cancrushed tomatoes
- 1 ouncegrated Parmesan cheese
- 1 ounceheavy cream
- 2 ouncesshredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoonspesto
What You’ll Need
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- aluminum foil
- baking sheet
- 12" large pan
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Peel onion and finely chop. Mince garlic. Slice baguettes open horizontally, if they arrived whole, keeping 1 edge intact. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Form and bake meatballs
In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, 3 tablespoons onion, half of garlic, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired. Pat beef dry with a paper towel and add to bowl. Using your hands, mix well, then form into 6 equal balls, about 2 inches thick. Arrange meatballs on prepared baking sheet, spacing apart as much as possible. Bake until slightly browned and cooked through, 15-18 minutes.
Make tomato-cream sauce
While meatballs bake, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add remaining onion and remaining garlic; sauté, stirring, until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and flavors have melded, 5-6 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in Parmesan and half of cream.
Once baked, carefully halve meatballs on sheet (so they fit in the sandwiches). On a clean, dry surface, arrange baguettes cut-side up. Spread half of tomato-cream sauce inside baguettes, dividing evenly (save remainder for the next step). Add 6 meatball halves to each baguette. Discard foil from sheet and add sandwiches.
Bake meatball sandwiches
Spoon remaining tomato-cream sauce over meatballs in baguettes, then sprinkle over mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melted and baguettes are golden, 5-6 minutes. (This is a great time to get ahead on dishes.)
Plate meatball sandwiches
Once sandwiches are baked, drizzle over pesto. Halve meatball sandwiches crosswise and divide between serving plates. Dig in!